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Transparent stroke in illustrator?
transparent stroke in adobe illustrator

 12:42 am on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hey there.. I have a bit of a bizarre question. I've recently had a student designer design a logo for my business. They've provided me with the un-flattened file so that I can make minor colour changes etc myself if needed. I'm no Illustrator wizz, but I do know the basics enough to do minor things.

Anyhow, I selected a font to be used, and asked if it was possible to make thinner.. She ended up putting a stroke around the letters so the font looks thinner.. I went to use the logo on a photograph, but because she used a white stroke, of course it shows, which isn't what I want.

Is it possible to make the stroke transparent? I've searched a bit and have read that you can make a stroke transparent by clicking the "none" box with the red line through it in the colour palette... When I click it however, it makes the stroke completely disappear, and blanks out the stroke number. If I try selecting the box with the red line first, then putting in a stroke number, It just makes the stroke a normal white.

I know this is long winded.. Any ideas at all? Is it even possible to make a stroke transparent?



 10:25 am on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

In the Appearance panel, select the stroke.
In Transparency panel, lower transparency.


 10:35 am on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hmm your right, that does work, thanks.. But it brings the letter back to the original size.. I didn't really think the stroke thing through very well.. I guess I can't make the letters any thinner..


 1:09 pm on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi Leeny.

Does the typeface that the logo written in have more weights? Finding a medium, regular, light or thin font would be a better option. Butchering a fonts weight by adding a border is going to make the letterforms irregular and disproportionate. It's the designers role to do a proper job - and the way it's been done now is very crude, to be honest.

However you can do what you describe: choose object > path > outline-stroke - then delete the extraneous paths.


 1:53 pm on Jan 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Go to Type Menu
Create Outlines
Object Menu
Offset - negative number


 5:25 am on Jan 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the help guys... The logo doesn't have another typeface... I have tried both things suggested, but I can't get it to work, so I think I'll probably give up lol..


 11:47 pm on Jan 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

What i wrote makes the text thinner.


 1:21 am on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Oh I do believe you :) I just can't get it to work..I dont know what I'm doing wrong.. I follow it all until Offset - negative number, and no matter what negative number I put, I cant get it to work.. If I put a positive number in, it gets bigger like it should, but no negative numbers are working.


 1:28 am on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Wait, isn't there an option to put the stroke on the outside, middle or inside of the path? Would that achieve the desired effect without moving things around?


 2:02 am on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just did offset -3 and it makes the text 'thinner'. Use Preview.


 2:24 am on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

after offset
select the letter
Object > Ungroup
Click on and drag innner letter away.


 2:32 am on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

pageoneresults, the problem is making the stroke transparent :)

I'll give that a go jesse, thanks!


 2:53 am on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks Jesse! :) I wasn't using a small enough negative number.. I was starting at one... My text was obviously smaller so I needed to use a .o number :)

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